Saturday, October 25, 2014

You Are Here.

I'm finding that what several women told me when I started this cancer journey is true. You're never really done with cancer. Once you've gotten the diagnosis, it's something that's always in the back of your mind.

I see a curly-haired stranger in the mirror with scars and a body I don't recognize. I worry about my family, children and friends and hope they never have to face a cancer journey of their own. I celebrate doctor visits and treatment milestones along with birthdays and holidays.

I'm slowly coming to the realization that it's not about getting back to normal because I'm not that me anymore. This illustration is my way of acknowledging everything I've been through to get to this moment. It's also a reminder to leave all of that where it belongs ... in the past ... and enjoy where I am now.

Prints are available in my Etsy shop.


  1. Hi Mom!
    I got your comment (thanks) and I deleted it instead of publishing it. I really shouldn't try to do stuff like that from my kindle. Anyway, I'm glad you like the illustration and post. I was afraid it sounded like sleep-deprived ramblings since I was up at 5am working on it. Maybe that's this comment that's a sleep-deprived ramble? Love ya!

  2. You're goofy.
    Love ya too!

    1. Am not! And I managed to publish that one! ;-)

  3. I read somewhere that this is your new normal, and life and everyone in becomes more precious, I love your painting


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